The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, representing over 2,500 members, actively takes positions on public policy issues which affect the well-being of the business community. When legislation requiring the payment of providing prevailing wages for utilities and other service workers first came to the floor of the State Legislature, the Amherst Chamber took a strong position against it.
During a special session of the New York State Legislature on Monday, November 29, 2010, the New York State Assembly passed legislation requiring the payment of prevailing wages by any utility or party contracting with or for the benefit of a public agency for service workers (i.e. janitors, security guards, handymen, etc.). The legislation, which had previously passed the New York State Senate, will now go to Governor Patterson for signature.